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 Post subject: mesqiute lamp
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:33 am 
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This is the piece I ask for help drilling the center hole. Top is a piece of mesquite(I think) I have had for years. The bottom is spalted maple I got from Gene years ago. My wife wanted to leave the worm damaged areas unfilled thinking she would like the look. However, when she was describing it at work the ladies said that would just be a dust collector area and would be hard to clean. After that she decided the damaged areas should be filled. I used a cherry stain, varnish as a sealer, and the high gloss poly for the finish.Image[/url][/img]
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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:30 pm 
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George, that looks really good. A thought just occurred to me that you might want to try out. A few years ago, before you joined the forum, we had a member that made translucent lamp shades of wood. Really gorgeous work. I don't recall his name or the details of how he made them, maybe someone else does, but iirc he turned them on a lathe and soaked them in something to make them translucent.

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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
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Great looking lamp! What did you fill the voids with? The base really looks good, nice combination of woods.

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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
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Wow that's a great looking lamp. Excellent wood.


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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
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I filled the worm holes with a product called WoodFil EPOXY. I used walnut. It is a two part product that comes in a tube with the harder on the inside. Just cut off what is needed and then mix the two parts with your fingers. It can be found here.
http://www.kampelent.com/. They have 6 different colors. Easy to use and dries very hard. I'm sure with a good eye for color it could be mixed to match the color of any wood. I haven't used any of their other products, but the ColorSTIX looks
like something I may purchase in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:32 pm 
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How did you drill the hole?
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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:40 am 
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I really like Mesquite although I've never had the chance to work with it.
We are fortunate to have it as a domestic hardwood.

The lamp turned out great!
How did you finally work out the way to drill that long hole?

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we had a member that made translucent lamp shades of wood. Really gorgeous work. I don't recall his name or the details of how he made them, maybe someone else does, but iirc he turned them on a lathe and soaked them in something to make them translucent.


IIRC his name was Gast or Gass? He lived in Southern California and turned Norfolk Island Pine very, very thinly; then soaked them in a barrel BLO. I also recall that he sold his WWing gear to go back to cutting hair as he was a very sought after stylist. At one time he had a webpage with his technique and a gallery of work but I can't seem to find it just now.

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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
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I tried drilling from both ends. Not good, one end was perfectly down the center, but the other was so far off they didn't even come close to matching. I wound up attaching a straight piece of scrap with screws to hold it straight and split it on the table saw. Then I used the same piece of wood to hold both pieces straight and cut the hole on my router table. The grain and the color of the wood made the cut line almost invisible when I glued it back together. That worked so well I may use that method if I do anything else that requires such a long hole. A steady rest might work to hold the part straight if trying to drill it on the lathe like I tried. However, that is a tool that is on my wish list.


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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:28 pm 
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Very nice lamp! The grain in the mesquite is outrageously nice! Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: mesqiute lamp
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Yup I think Dan was on to the name. Sascha Gast? He was doing amazing things. a working, but I think old link http://www.pbase.com/saschagast, and this one of his turnings http://www.saschagast.com/SaschaGast/Artwork.html . An interesting guy.

Nice lamp too!!

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